The Jamaican Lottery Scam

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A primer on the infamous Jamaican Lottery Scam, how it works and who it targets

There IS No Lottery!

There is no Jamaican Lottery.

Let me repeat that; THERE IS NO JAMAICAN LOTTERY. No matter what you hear, no matter who says what, there is not now, not ever a Jamaican Lottery.

The reason that someone has you phone number, your address, and knows
something about you is because you have a subscription to Reader's Digest
(or some other magazine) and the billing and subscription information is in
a Data Centre in Montego Bay.

That friendly voice on the other side who says, "Are you (name?)" And then tells you, "Congratulations! You've just won $5 Million dollars (or more) in the Jamaican Lottery!" is lying.

Of course, the dupe doesn't know this and is over joyed.
Then s/he is advised that "you'll have to pay Taxes on those winnings" given a name and address and told to send the money via Western Union.

Finding Targets

As previously mentioned in Older Scams off-shore
call/help/subscription/con centres exist in Jamaica, in Trinidad, In India.

They exist in any place where it is far cheaper to hire locals and get all those government waivers than persist in the United States where they have to pay taxes, follow the law, and hire people whom they must pay at least minimum wage.

For years your subscriptions have been processed in a foreign country.
The person on the other end of the phone who you have called for computer
advice is not in America.
In fact, almost everything is in a foreign country.
A foreign country which makes it so enticing to set up a branch, so cheap to fill it
with local workers, and gives so many tax incentives and breaks that one year in
that country costs less than two months in America.

Those who work in these Centres come from various levels of society for all that is needed is the ability to speak English and know how to transfer a call when it is a bit beyond their ability.

The Nuts and Bolts

In Jamaica a page of subscribers to Reader's Digest is sold for $2,500.00 Jamaican dollars. Considering the 'value' of our dollar that is $25 dollars. The person who buys the page hires five people and gives each one a fifth of the list.

Using Cell phones, they call their marks with their scam. They are paid to do this; $1,000.00 a hundred calls.

To prevent being ripped off the purchaser of the List often tapes the calls.
The parties who seem dubious or doubtful but have potential will be recalled.
Those who refuse to be lured are crossed off.
Those who bite are put in a special book.

Western Union

The money is sent to Western Union in Montego Bay.
The Scammer or another of his employees will go to Western Union to claim the money. $1,000.00 US is $100,000.00 Jamaican.

The clerks at Western Union are often part of the scam and get a money for processing.

If the dupe is 'live', another sum can be extracted. If not, well, that $100k has already been spent.

Cops Get Their Cut

Some years ago the Police in Montego Bay decided to get in on the action.
They'd call the dupe, tell them they've been duped and set up a 'sting'.

When the dupe was recalled for another 'tax payment' the Dupe should send the money then call the Police Officer whould would be able to nab the perpetrator.

This sounded real.

In fact, the call actually came from the Montego Bay Police station and there was an officer by that name.

Easy Scamming

With clerks at Western Union involved, with the Police getting their take, it was one of the easiest scams to operate and made the Nigerians look as if they hadn't been trying.

Of course, with any Scam, eventually it is exposed. However, the exposure was, originally, very light so as not to alert the Scammers that they were made.
Or, as is more honest, give a number of people time to run away.

Arrests were slow and quiet and very few people actually went to prison.

The Jamaican public, learning about this Scam all wanted to buy in, and Vybz Kartel did a song called 'Reparations' which likened the Lottery Scam to slavery reparations.

Many people believe it is that song and the pressure of the United States why he was arrested and charged for murder.

Third World

Third World Countries like Jamaica are easy to bully.
Yes, it often begins with a 'request' which if the political leaders had the intelligence of a mango they'd realise this what is called a 'velvet' glove.

When the 'request' isn't instantly obeyed and strong action is not taken, the glove is removed. And what America can do to Jamaica is similiar to what a cruel man can do to a blind puppy.

Hence, the velvet glove became a titanium gauntlet positioned at Jamaica's jaw.
Action was taken, over taken, so people who were virtually living on remittances from abroad were dragged into police stations where they would have to explain who is sending them this money every month.


That seniors are targetted is obvious.
They don't know much (or are so assumed) about technology.
They would never believe that their subscription to Reader's Digest isn't processed in Minnesota, and scarcely knowing where Jamaica is, would never assume any non-American could possibly have the brains to figure out such a scam.

Hence, even as I type I know phone calls are being made, Americans are being duped, and money is being sent. Maybe not to the Western Union in Montego Bay, but there are offices all over the island.

Sound The Alarm

Tell everyone you know, there is not, never was, and never will be a Lottery
in Jamaica in which you don't have to buy a ticket.
That Jamaica has no money to give away and never will.
That unless it's me, any 876 area code number is likely a scammer.
Call the police immediately. (Unless its me).


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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Dec 2013 (#)

Very informative

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author avatar writestuff
10th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks for this informative post. Have you considered sharing it w/AARP?

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author avatar kaylar
10th Dec 2013 (#)

What is Waarp?

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author avatar Mariah
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Very well done on another scam exposure kaylar..

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author avatar kaylar
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Mariah

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
12th Dec 2013 (#)

You would have to be pretty gullible to think you won a lottery from another country in which you did not enter? Who would ever think another country is going to give their money to a foreigner?

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author avatar kaylar
12th Dec 2013 (#)

Thousands of Americans have been caught in this scam. It is so big th Government of America slapped down Jamaica.

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